Reading Esquire this month, you might come across an interesting little column regarding tasselly and snaffly shoes – but are they really making a comeback? With the launch of Frost/Nixon last year, the snaffle shoe of old – which was highly popularised in the late 90’s by Gucci – helped to reintroduce this formerly-dying breed to the fashion market.
The look as described in Esquire is reminiscent of the old-English collegiate, with a leaning towards a sockless and shortened hem look. What you may be wondering is whether the return of the Gucci snaffle – which epitomised the “Essex-boy” look of former years – could make its way back to grace; well, Gucci have, at least, made an attempt to diversify with the introduction of block and multi-colourway, low profile tassels for their Spring/Summer 09 cruise range.
We’re not so sure about even attempting to bring back the sockless-with-shoes fad, but this variety could work well with a casual trouser in a complementary colour with some knitwear on top.
Take a look and share your thoughts below.
Available for £340 from the online Gucci store.